Thursday, August 11th, 2011

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Fall 2011: Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “deep aubergine.” Velvet Matte Lip Pencils deliver rich pigment with a “velvet matte finish.” It’s supposed to be creamy and long-wearing without being drying. This shade is new and now part of NARS’ permanent range.

If this looks familiar to you that means 1) you’re a regular Temptalia reader and 2) you have an excellent eye. It looks nearly identical to MAC Smoked Purple. Train Bleu is a vampy purpled-burgundy with a near-matte finish. It has a subtle hint of sheen when you look at it close-up, but it is fairly matte when viewed at a normal distance.

Train Bleu wears a solid six hours on me, but my lips start to feel the need for added moisture by the fourth hour. The pencil formula makes it easier to apply, because you can easily edge around the lips, but you will lose product when you go to sharpen it. The color coverage is opaque and lush–much better than Smoked Purple–and the texture is creamier and has a lot less tug and drag in comparison. Of course, the price is nearly double.

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It's not the easiest matte formula to work with, but it is one of the easier ones. The color is really rich and dark--very fall--and will be gorgeous on lighter complexions for a dramatic look.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

NARS Rue de Rivoli Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Rue de Rivoli Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Rue de Rivoli Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Rue de Rivoli Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($23.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “metallic forest green.” It’s a yellowed green over a blackened base with a golden sheen and shimmer. The pigmentation is good but not fully opaque. It’s most similar to Urban Decay Mildew but it is a bit brighter. You can see more green eyeliners to compare.

It’s creamy enough that it glides easily across the lash line without tugging or pulling, and the color deposits fairly evenly. In testing NARS’ new eyeliner, I don’t quite get the stellar 12-hour wear as touted, but they wear well for a solid eight to ten hours. It’s still on at the 12-hour mark, but it has worn away noticeably. Make sure to check out my original review, which goes much more in-depth about the formula.

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It's a good shade of green--dark enough that it will pop on the lash line when paired with a neutral look but not so dark that it will cause unnecessary darkness around the lash line either.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($23.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “purple.” It’s a subtly red-based, medium purple with a very fine misting of reddened purple shimmer. It has a rather faded look to it, overall, because the pigmentation is not as dense as it looks in the pencil. The shade is more of an eggplant purple than a violet or blue-based purple, so it will complement hazel and brown eyes quite well. It’s less plum than many of my other comparable eyeliners, so I wasn’t able to find any that I felt were that similar.

It’s creamy enough that it glides easily across the lash line without tugging or pulling, and the color (even though it’s not as rich as it looks) deposits fairly evenly. In testing NARS’ new eyeliner, I don’t quite get the stellar 12-hour wear as touted, but they wear well for a solid eight to ten hours. It’s still on at the 12-hour mark, but it has worn away noticeably. Make sure to check out my original review, which goes much more in-depth about the formula.

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The eyeliner performs well, and while it doesn't last a full 12-hours, it does last for awhile, so it will depend on what your needs are. The color itself is not as pigmented or as opaque as I'd like to see.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

NARS Galion Nail Lacquer
NARS Galion Nail Lacquer

NARS Fall 2011: Galion Nail Lacquer

NARS Galion Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “stormy grey.” It’s a rich, creamy navy-tinged, blackened gray. I achieved opaque color in just two coats, and there was no streaking, bubbling, or difficulty in applying the shade onto my nails. The formula flowed evenly without being too thick or thin. This shade looks really crisp on the nails, and despite my nails being too long, it still seems to work on me.  I typically get a week of wear with NARS’ nail polishes.

It’s a little bluer-based (but still very similar) to China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. The way it looks is reminiscent of Zoya Kelly, but they are not dupes–Kelly is much lighter but of the same hue.

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This is a very appropriate shade for fall, and it will work well in winter, too. It's such a deep, dark gray without looking black.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, August 1st, 2011


NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “azalea pink” and “iridescent violet.”

The pink shade is a rich, vibrant raspberry-fuchsia with a pearled sheen–it’s not full-on fuchsia, but it’s not as red or as dark as a raspberry would be (as in the real fruit!). It has such a lovely texture–really dense, smooth, and silky to the touch, plus the color payoff is excellent! The hue is quite similar to Urban Decay’s Woodstock–perhaps the slightest bit darker. MAC Bright Fuchsia is brighter but still similar. MAC Hepcat has a similar base color but has much more purple in it.

The purple shade is a softened, jewel-tone purple with red undertones and a pearled sheen. It, too, has great color opacity with a silky smooth texture that’s rich and dense and a breeze to work with. The color is similar to MAC Double Feature 2 but lighter. MAC Vibrant Grape is also similar but has a much more matte finish.

Per NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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The most important characteristics of an eyeshadow--color payoff, blendability, and texture--are amazing here. The only downside is NARS' claims these are long-wearing (on their own), and they just aren't on their own.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011


NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

Launch Date:  Now — available exclusively at Sephora

Outrageously lustrous color meets serious shine in this NARS gloss. Its stay-in-place dramatic shade glides on smoothly and evenly for lips that are more luminous and voluminous than ever before. Long-lasting, high-shine hues are infused with ingredients that nourish and fight free radicals while natural lip enhancers pump up with volume. A new, shorter bristle brush delivers the most precise application possible. However you want to express yourself, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss says it boldly, brilliantly, and brazenly.

Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Place Vendome Strawberry pink
  • Norma Cherry red
  • Piree Rosy pink
  • Como Shimmering berry
  • Tiber Cool beige
  • Odalisque Cantaloupe
  • Spring Break
  • Gold Digger Sparkling peach shimmer
  • Coeur Sucre Shimmering bright pink